Summary

MI6's Head of Station in Turkey is killed in a mysterious plane crash. Amelia Levene, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, wants the incident investigated - quickly and quietly. The only man she can trust is Thomas Kell, a disgraced spy searching for redemption. Arriving in Istanbul, Kell discovers that MI6 operations in the region have been fatally compromised: A traitor inside Western Intelligence threatens not just the Special Relationship, but the security of the entire Middle East.
Kell's search for the mole takes him from London, to Greece, and into Eastern Europe. But when Kell is betrayed by those closest to him, the stakes become personal. He will do anything to see this operation through - including putting himself, and others, in the line of fire…
©2014 Charles Cumming (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic reviews

"A Foreign Country is stuffed with totally credible ‘tradecraft' and human and fallible characters. It is also an excellent example of good, clear, straightforward narrative prose, confirming to me that [Cumming] is one of the brightest stars illuminating the murky world of British spy fiction." (Mike Ripley)
"Eat your heart out, Daniel Craig… Cumming vividly showcases meticulous research and insight into the undercover life of spies." ( GQ)
"An utterly absorbing and compelling novel. A brilliant re-imagining of events surrounding the notorious Cambridge spy-ring." (William Boyd, bestselling author of Restless)
"Often talked of as a potential heir to John le Carré, Cumming confirms here that he's a reliably classy storyteller … an assured and richly enjoyable thriller." ( Sunday Times)
"Delicate and supremely controlled, this is a spy story to be savoured, not rushed." ( Daily Mail)
"From the first page to the last it has the ring of absolute authenticity. Tautly written, cleverly plotted…it reminded me strongly of the early books of John le Carré." (Robert Harris)
"Perfect for fans of John le Carré, a gripping and suspenseful spy novel from ‘the master of the modern spy thriller." ( Mail on Sunday)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Philip on 20-05-14

Credible, imaginative and unexpected - brilliant!

What other book might you compare A Colder War to, and why?

Others have been comparing it against Le Carre and Forsyth, but I suggest one should take this book on its own merit. This new master (well to me) sits along side the old masters. If you enjoy them, you will also enjoy this book too.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 26-01-18

Entertaining spy novel

Well constructed and entertaining spy novel. Not quite the depth of Le Carre but has good pace and better than most current writers. Narrator grates at first but soon forgot about that as I got absorbed in the story

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